“THERE IS NO PLAN” – A SHORT STORY

On the day after attending Buhari’s inauguration, I reached out to one of my campaign contacts to find out what was going to happen next.

Since the campaign team of which he had an important role had delivered an improbable victory, it was “obvious” that the same team and he would help run the government.

I wanted to have an idea of who was going where. As for me, I just wanted to know where I could channel my one pagers like I had done through the campaign. I had/have no intention in holding office.
My guy was traveling, and since there was no time to seat to chat, he asked that I joined him on the way to the airport.

After a bit of small talk and banter I got straight to the point

“Guy, now that the government has kicked off, we have to move quick. There should be clarity on the milestones to achieve by the first 100 days. So what is the plan, will you be taking X position based on the Y role you played during the campaign. Cos there are some one pagers I wanted to send to……”

“Oo hold on. The plan? Let me tell you what my principal (a current minister) told me”

Then he leaned forward

“THERE IS NO PLAN”

I laughed.

He laughed.

We both laughed.

Obviously, it was a joke. there was definitely a plan. Afterall, 4 years was so short a time and we would be moving quick to deliver the change promised.

It was just that a day after inauguration was too soon to talk about appointments or strategy execution. By next week, people would have settled down and things would be set in motion.

So I thought.

So he thought.

So we thought.

It then took 6 months to get Ministers into their offices. No economic advisers working with the president.  Basically, it’s been over a year now and I still do not know the plan of this government I support.

And this was not the plan.

PS: The usual disclaimer. Looking back knowing what things were, and knowing what things are, if the options were Buhari or the continuation of Jonathan’s government, I would still chose Buhari a 1000 times over. Perhaps with a lot less enthusiasm. So no, I do not regret kicking out the last government. I only regret that this government has failed to take advantage of the opportunity to move this country forward.

PPS: My guy has since returned to his business. He still has his people everywhere in this government however, having friends in government was never the idea. Were that the case, there was no need to change government. That’s why outside politics, you should have a livelihood so you can make your decisions based on principle and not on government “stomach infrastructure” pipelines remaining open.

Dear President Buhari, Here’s Pulse From The Streets

Buhari with the masses

Thanks to my pre-election activism,  anytime I leave my compound, the gatemen (onye kuzi, we have too) from the adjourning compounds greet me “Sai Baba!”

This has been the status quo EVERY SINGLE time I leave my house. It became tiresome to me because  sometimes I just want to continue my train of thought while leaving the house.

At the turn of this year,  it continued. This particular old soldier’s whose voice was always loudest would add “oga no worry, things go soon beta”

Yesterday,  3 of them were outside as I stepped out of my gate, as with the norm, I heard the “Sai Baba” chant and as I prepared to raise my two hands to respond “Sai Buhari”, I head the following from the old baba

“Abeg which kain Sai Baba. I don tire! Hungry wan kill person”

I turned and noticed the usual smiling face adorned with a crooked teeth was replaced with a frown. I quickly responded. “Ah Baba, wetin happen? No vex budget don pass things go start to change now”.  He kept mumbling and I decided to surrender the 200 naira in my pocket to him.

He thanked me and gave me the equivalent of that polite smile emotion that is used to “die” chat conversations.

Little anecdotes like these let you know the true feelings of those on the streets.

So my dear General, I just thought you should know what’s happening. I still have faith in you and your ability to get this right.  And you can be sure of one thing, I’ll always let you know what I truly think and what i see happening.  Those “protecting you” from the reality do not mean well for you.

Remember, this will be remembered as the Buhari government.  It’s your name on it.

PS:  I have the belief that you will ensure justice is done for the victims of the Kaduna Shi ite genocide.

#TheList: One Nigerian Ministry I’d LOVE To See

The list of noisemakers Ministers comes out today. There is ONE Ministry that I think would ensure Nigeria grows aggressively in the next few years.

The Ministry of Regional Development.

This would be made up of 6 Ministers. One in charge of each of the Geopolitical Zone they come from.  Basically, NDDC for each of the the zones.

The Federal Government would basically have Super Executive Governors that would intervene directly in each of the regions.

“Soludo, you think, you would be a better Governor of Anambra? Here Take 100 Billion a Year and be the Governor of the South East”.

“Hi there, Fashola, you would have been much better as a Governor  of Lagos if not for the interference of the Lion of Bourdillon? Ok, Here, be the Executive Governor of the South West. No fear of Impeachment, PMB does not need to be settled”

SS, NC, NW and most importantly, NE (If i were a betting man, I’ll bet on an MK Ahmed)

The other Ministers (Works, Power etc) can theoretically act as the commissioners for these 6 executive Governors.

You get the drift.

Now let’s wait for #TheList

Like Corbyn, Like Buhari

Jeremy Corbyn

Before dismissing me as an SEO scavenger due to my choice of title, first understand the double entendre at play.

Inasmuch  as the backgrounds of Buhari, Nigeria’s President and Corbyn couldn’t be more different, (soldier vs. activist) they have a lot of likeness and for that, I like the both of them.

For those that are not aware, Jeremy Corbyn was just announced the leader of the Labour party in the United Kingdom and he did so in spite of  being a rank 1-200 rank outsider that was consistently pushed back by the establishment.

Thankfully they failed.

So why do I like Corbyn? The same fundamental reason I like Buhari. Consistency over the years. It is such a tragedy that the “hater politicians” that tried every underhand tactics to keep Corby at bay have failed to understand that a vast majority of the people are tired of “typical politicians”

To be honest, I really did not know Corbyn until a little over 3 months ago. my heart warmed up to me immediately after I read the other candidates pushing for “policies that will win power” as against policies that are backed by belief.

As I read more about Corbyn and read more of the embarrassingly hapless interventions by the likes of the war criminal Blair, it was obvious my mind was in the right place. Like with Buhari, they threw the kitchen sink and it made him stronger. It also helped that like with Buhari, Corbyn is a fan of government backed/ public owned institutions and infrastructure.

I actually find it amusing that the pseudo capitalist who scream “free market” run quickly to government when they fail.

Would Corbyn succeed? I do not know. But we need clear alternatives of policies and government and we should try all out.

What I do know though is that were Corbyn PM, the disaster in Syria, Iraq, Libya and co would not have been and this work world would have been a much peaceful place today.

Onward Jeremy, and godspeed!

What Happens If Buhari and APC Fail?

Buhari

A lot of people have asked me, what happens if Buhari “falls your hand” after all your faith in him? What APC fails you and you supporters?

Here’s my answer

I trust Buhari and his party APC not only to do better than Jonathan, but to do great for Nigeria. (3/10 is better than 2/10 but it is still a failure. 8/10 is a great score).

However, in the unlikely event that he fails there has to be consequences and that consequence is electoral failure in 2019. If they fail, his government should not be reelected, period.

In reality, people fail people, people fail themselves. Sometimes, through no faults of themselves, sometimes by crass incompetence. But failure remains failure. In the matters of 170+ million, “he is trying his best” is not acceptable.

One of the major issues holding Nigeria backward is that there is no consequences for bad behavior. Cause the death of many Nigerians, “nothing dey happen”. Squander resources and you have mobile policemen escorting you to the court. Lose territory, Resources and Citizens you’ll have people saying “it is not easy now. there are people that don’t want him to succeed”

There is no organization that can be great if there are no consequences for poor behavior and failure.

One of the great deceptions and enemy of good governance and is that there is something called “a complete term” for a President or any electoral office. There is a reason we have 4 year terms. You MUST earn an extension of 4 years is should never be automatic.

In politics, losing power is the ultimate disaster for a politician. It is why they are beholden to anyone or thing that can guarantee they hold unto power. If staying in power is guaranteed by serving the Godfather, they’ll serve the Godfather. If it is by having money and buying their way, they’ll steal money, and buy their way.

We can clearly see the difference between Pre 6 weeks postponement Jonathan and Post 6 Weeks postponement Jonathan. Once he realized he would lose the election, he began doing what he should have done in the previous 4 years.

If Jonathan wins this election, there is no reelection to require he sits up. There will be no 6 weeks extra time. There will be nothing to hold him with.

A Buhari victory will not only send a message to PDP, but to Buhari’s APC. “If you fuck us up, we’ll fuck you up. If you like spend Billions on Obas and Militants. We the people call the shots”

A Jonathan victory will send a signal “Once you are in power, the work is over. No matter how badly you do, pay a few people and your reelection is sorted. Do bother with the masses, they realy do not matter”

The choice is ours.

BTW, Gbengba Sesan has told Buhari this to his face.